Human Rights Commission

Click HERE to see Pride Month proclamation and see below for slideshow from flag raising ceremony 

Pride Flag Raising 

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Mission Statement

The purpose of the Commission shall be to make recommendations to the Mayor and Township Council for the formulation of policies in an attempt to foster, through community effort or otherwise, goodwill, cooperation and conciliation among the groups and elements of the inhabitants of the Township with the intent of eradicating bias incidents in our community due to race, color, creed, ethnicity, religious or sexual orientation. Additionally, the Commission is to also assist or make recommendations to the Mayor and Township Council for the development of policies and procedures in general and for programs of formal or informal education that will aid in eliminating all kinds of discrimination, mentioned above and shall have such further powers and duties as may be provided by the law against discrimination of the State of New Jersey (N.J.S.A. 10:5-1 et seq.).


The Township of Woodbridge acknowledges the need to ordain a formal Commission charged with responsibility of aiding in the elimination of biased incidences in our Township due to race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.

The Township is also aware of the recently enacted New Jersey State Law against discrimination, codified at N.J.S.A. 10:5-1 et seq., which specifically authorizes municipalities within the State to appoint local commissions on civil rights to aid and effectuate the purposes of that Act. Although the Township currently has in place a Human Relations Committee, it believes it to be in the best interest of the residents of the Township of Woodbridge that the Township officially creates via Ordinance a Human Rights Commission so that the work of the Commission will be perpetuated superseding the Committee, until repealed by Ordinance.


  • To inform and educate our residents about the vast array of community services provided by the Township
  • To provide a forum for discussion regarding community issues and concerns
  • To promote goodwill, cooperation, and trust among the diverse groups of residents in our community.
  • To eradicate bias in our community due to race, color, creed, gender, ethnicity, physical, mental, or cognitive disability, religious affiliation, political affiliation, or sexual orientation. 

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Glenn Morgan - Chair (Term 6/23/20 -6/30/23) 

Patricia Osborne - Vice Chair (Term 6/23/20 -6/30/23) 

Rayshma Ali (Term 1/1/21 - 12/31/23)

John Papagiannakis (Term 6/23/20 -6/30/23)  

Samantha Perez (Term 6/1/21 - 6/30/23)

Gary White - Sargent at Arms (Term 6/23/20 -6/30/23)  

Meeting Dates: 2021


(Click the meeting date for Minutes)

  • January 11, 2021 (Reorganization)
  • February 8, 2021 (Presenters: Genova Burns)
  • March 8, 2021 (Woodbridge School District Elementary MLK Essay Contest Winners)
  • April 12, 2021 (Presenters: Genova Burns & Mercury) 
  • May 10, 2021 (Presenters: Dr. Bonnie Nolan & Addiction Services)
  • June 14, 2021
  • July 12, 2021
  • August 9, 2021
  • September 13, 2021
  • October 18, 2021
  • November 15, 2021
  • December 13, 2021

All meetings of the Municipal Council will be held in Council Chambers of the Municipal Building, One Main St., Woodbridge, NJ 07095 at 6:00 p.m.

The Council Chambers will be set up for participation to be in compliance with social distancing guidelines set by the State of New Jersey in place on the given date.

  1. June 14, 2021
  2. May 10, 2021
  3. April 12, 2021
  4. March 8, 2021
  5. Feb. 8, 2021
  6. Jan 11, 2021

  1. Dec. 21, 2020
  2. Nov. 30, 2020
  3. Oct. 26, 2020
  4. Oct. 5, 2020
  5. Aug. 30, 2020
  6. July 13, 2020

Presenters: Woodbridge Township Health Department 

Click to view minutes: Here

Adopted Resolution: Click HERE

 Subcommittee list: 


1. Residents with Substance Use Issues, Grants, Mental Health Initiatives.


Member: JOHN

Member: PAT


2. Genova Burns 


Member: PAT

Member: GARY


3. Township Recreation Department

Chair: GARY 

Member: PAT 


4. Woodbridge Board of Education - Diversity Curriculum and programs 

Chair: PAT 

Member: GARY 


5. Affordable Housing/Low Income Housing 

Chair: JOHN


Member: GARY


6. Diversity Events for Residents 

Chair: GARY 


7. Senator Vitale and Craig Coughlin 

Chair: GARY 

Member: PAT 

Member: JOHN